I love my Turner Nitrous. I have been riding and racing this bike for 2 years now and there’s no end in sight. This frame is the foundation but I am always remodeling it by swapping out parts. It keeps me from getting distracted by all of the new carbon bike propaganda. Sure, I’ve kept up with the news on all of the carbon bikes out there but as of right now, for the money, you really can’t find a better XC rig than the Nitrous.
For example, the biggest buzz this year has been about the Scott Spark. The Spark LTD has a claimed weight of 20.59 lbs. and that’s smokin’ light for a full suspension bike. With that target to shoot at, I have swapped out my fork with the ultra trick FRM Bi-Carbon Ti Airway 85 and low and behold the Nitrous now weighs 20.39 lbs. That’s in full race trim with Stan’s in the tires, bottle cage and the computer mount. The FRM unit is very similar to the new DT Swiss XRC 100 (formerly Pace) that is featured on the 2008 Spark.
The only other change from the last time I weighed it was a new rear derailleur. I was at Helen’s Cycles the other day and saw the new 20th Anniversary Edition SRAM X.0 rear derailleur and had to have it just for the black and gold color scheme. I really am a hopeless gear junkie.